Congress made the election of Donald Trump official Friday, certifying the votes of the Electoral College in a formal joint session of Congress.
Democrats objected 11 times, citing a variety of issues, including “Russian interference,” “massive voter suppression” and the “violation of the Voting Rights Act.
Vice President Joe Biden, who sat in the chair and presided over the 41 minute-long process in the House chamber, attempted to speed through the objections. After the third objection and the third time Biden asked if a senator had signed on, Biden said, “it is over.”
But a handful of Democratic House members continued to object during specific states and tried to continue their speeches even after Biden gaveled them down and said debate is not allowed. After the states were counted, three citizens in the audience gallery stood up to demonstrate.
Despite the protests, the final vote tally was:
Donald Trump: 304 electoral votes
Hillary Clinton: 227
Colin Powell: 3
Ohio Gov. John Kasich: 1
Former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas: 1
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders: 1
Faith of Spotted Eagle: 1